The poverty of theory & other essays
This classic collection of essays by E.P. Thompson, one of Englands most renowned socialist voices, remains a staple text in the history of Marxist theory. The bulk of the book is dedicated to Thompsons famous polemic against Louis Althusser and what he considers the reductionism and authoritarianism of Althusserian structuralism. In lively and erudite prose, Thompson argues for a self-critical and unapologetically humanist Marxist tradition. Also included are three essays of considerable importance to the development of the New Left. Called essential reading for American radicals by The Nation, this book is one no serious socialist can afford to be without.
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The Poverty of Theory
Outside the Whale 1960
The Peculiarities of the English 1965
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abstract Althusser Althusser's Althusserian analogy analysis appear argue argument bourgeois bourgeoisie British Capital capitalist class struggle common Communist complex concept conflict context contradiction critical critique culture decades defined determined dialectic dialogue discipline discourse economic empirical empiricism Engels English entailed epistemological essay evidence existence experience fact forms function Hegel hence historians historical knowledge historical materialism historical process historicism ideas ideology idiom institutions intellectual interrogation kind Kolakowski labour Left Review Leszek Kolakowski Marx Marx's Marxist historiography Marxist tradition means metaphor mode of production moral movement Nairn Natopolitan nature never notion object offer particular Party philosophical Political Economy possible potentia problem procedures proletariat proposed propositions question rational Raymond Williams reason relations relations of production revolution revolutionary rigorous sense socialist humanism society Soviet Stalinism Stalinist structure superstructure suppose theoretical practice theory thought true values vocabulary whole